Definition of onomasiology in English:

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onomasiology

Pronunciation: /ˌänəˌmāsēˈäləjē/ /ˌänəˌmāzēˈäləjē/
/ˌônəˌmāsēˈäləjē/ /ˌônəˌmāzēˈäləjē/

noun

The branch of linguistics that deals with concepts and the terms that represent them, in particular contrasting terms for similar concepts, as in a thesaurus. Compare with semasiology.

Derivatives

onomasiological

Pronunciation: /-əˈläjikəl/
adjective
Example sentences
  • In spite of the above critical remarks, I do not wish to deny the value of both the onomasiological and the semasiological approaches in semantic studies.

Origin

Early 20th century: from Greek onomasia 'term' + -logy.

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